Postmortem: Bones Boss on Brennan's "Wound" and What's Next for Her and Booth
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz | Photo Credits: Beth Dubber/Fox.
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Bones Season 8 finale. Read at your own risk.]
So much for a happy ending.
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Although Bones' Season 8 finale teased viewers by finally having Brennan (Emily Deschanel) ask Booth (David Boreanaz) to marry her, the smiles soon faded thanks to Christopher Pelant (guest star Andrew Leeds). While Booth & Co. were ultimately able to stop Pelant from taking out Sweets (John Francis Daley), the serial killer had the last laugh.
Once he learned of Booth and Brennan's engagement, Pelant threatened to kill more innocent people if Booth didn't call off the wedding. What's more, Booth couldn't let Brennan know the real reason behind his change of heart. Although Brennan agreed with Booth's decision, the closing shot proved that her heart has been broken.
So will Brennan revert to her hyper-rational ways of thinking? And is Booth's only way out of this mess to kill Pelant as he threatened to do? We chatted with executive producer Stephen Nathan to get the scoop on what's to come.
I think fans are going to have a tough time with that ending.
Stephen Nathan: If they didn't have a tough one, we wouldn't be doing our job.
Tell me about getting Brennan to a place where she could actually propose to Booth.
Nathan: The past couple of years, we've seen Brennan evolve from a super-rational, very deliberate character to someone who is slowly seeing the benefits of emotion, of spontaneity, and of loving another person and not living in her head exclusively. We put them in a very tense situation, and through that, I think already-stirred-up emotions became even more intense and allowed her to spontaneously embrace something that would have been an anathema to her a few years ago.
But she still tries to explain it scientifically to Cam and Angela.
Nathan: She justifies it afterwards as something rational, but the reality is she spontaneously acted on the notion and the feeling that Booth's life could be in danger. She actually is now at a point where she can't envision a life without him and somehow wants to codify that. She certainly had her beliefs that this was an unnecessary tradition, but as an anthropologist, she finally understands the value of tradition, the value of publically announcing something like this. That's what we're seeing with her.
With Booth being forced to turn her down, will we see Brennan revert to her old ways of thinking?
Stephen Nathan: It's going to be a big setback for Brennan and a big setback for the relationship when we open Season 9. She opened herself up and was somehow emotionally betrayed. And there's been no satisfactory reason given.
And Booth seemingly can't give her the true reason. Will Brennan become suspicious?
Nathan: Relationships don't usually survive when two parties are withholding things from each other. Booth knows that and Brennan knows that now too. There has to be a certain trust reached between them and that's going to be the big challenge at the beginning of the season.
Is this something that could ultimately end the relationship?
Nathan: This is a relationship that we've all grown to love and admire. There will be ups and downs as there has to be. I don't think an audience really wants to see just a happy couple that isn't going through anything. The damage has been done, but the damage can be repaired.
Nathan: We are now entering Season 9 with Booth having to resolve a situation that has put distance and potential danger between Brennan and him. Booth knows what it will take to right his relationship with Brennan and to right the injustices that have been rained down on him, the squints and all of these innocent people who have died. And Booth usually gets his man.